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Night Vision Enhancement Technology for Paratrooper Eye Protection Goggles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-08-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: A072-166-2966
Amount: $119,952.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-166
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-10-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-05-01
Small Business Information
6F Gill Street
Woburn, MA 01801
United States
DUNS: 114584175
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jingwen Zhang
 Sr. Staff Scientist
 (781) 935-2800
Business Contact
 Yingyin Zou
Title: President
Phone: (781) 935-2800
Research Institution

This SBIR project aims at developing a high sensitivity night vision viewer with broadband (near IR (NIR), mid-wave IR (MWIR), and long wave IR (LWIR)) coverage. Utilizing a specific transparent functional material developed at Boston Applied Technologies Incorporated (BATi) that has excellent pyroelectric effect, over strong absorption at NIR, MWIR and LWIR wavebands, perfect transmittance in certain visible wavelength, the intensity variation of an incident NIR, MWIR or/and LWIR radiation from a warm object can be transferred into intensity variation of a visible beam by a smart use of liquid crystal. The output visible image can then be view directly by naked eyes. Take the advantage of maturity in liquid crystal display industry and excellent capability of production of large size functional materials at BATi, the aperture of the viewer can fit the need for paratroopers. Compared with existing thermal imaging techniques, this invention will generate an uncooled imaging system of unprecedented low costs, yet with higher resolution, high sensitivity, and lower power consumption. In our Phase I work, we will demonstrate the feasibility and detailed design of the proposed viewer. In the Phase II efforts, we will advance towards the implementations of a viewer prototype with full functionality.

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